Named one of Time Magazine’s top 100 novels of the century, C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of the most beloved books of all time. Yet, how many readers know the story behind the story that inspired Lewis to create his magical world of Narnia? Thankfully, New York Times and international bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry’s latest novel, Once Upon A Wardrobe sets out to do just that. In this tenderly imagined and enchanting story, Patti pulls back the curtain on the early life of C.S. Lewis.
Grab a glass of wine or hot cocoa and curl up in your favorite chair for our exclusive Fireside Adventure where you can chat live with Patti in conversation with beloved New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, to discuss their new books, ask questions, and converse live “on stage.”
To join our virtual event on the exciting new storytelling platform, Fireside, simply purchase a book below and we will send you a private VIP link to attend the virtual event. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can be part of the virtual audience to chat live with Patti and Debbie. With other devices, you can still listen live to the broadcast.
Your Adventure includes a hardcover copy of Once Upon A Wardrobe or Dear Santa, tax, shipping within the U.S. and Canada, a live Fireside chat with Patti in conversation with Debbie, Q&A, and the opportunity to experience the pre-launch of both Patti’s and Debbie’s enchanting books.
And if you want the full C.S. Lewis experience, order a discounted two-book “Mr. and Mrs. Lewis” bundle, to include a hardcover copy of Once Upon a Wardrobe and a paperback copy of Becoming Mrs. Lewis.
Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels and the recipient of The Christy Award, A 2019 Winner “Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020 and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. Patti is also a contributor to the weekly life lesson essay column for Parade Magazine.
Growing up in Philadelphia as the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Patti learned early the value of storytelling. At the age of twelve, her family moved to South Florida where Patti found the sanctuary of libraries and began her slow but steady journey into understanding the power of story to navigate confusing times in life. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.
In her latest novel, Once Upon A Wardrobe, protagonist Megs Devonshire is brilliant with numbers and equations, on a scholarship at Oxford, and dreams of solving the greatest mysteries of physics. That is, until the younger brother she loves, George, doesn’t have long to live. When George becomes captivated by a copy of a brand-new book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and begs her to find out where Narnia came from, there’s no way she can refuse.
Despite her timidity about approaching the famous author, Megs soon finds herself taking tea with the Oxford don and his own brother, imploring them for answers. What she receives instead are more stories… stories of Jack Lewis’s life, which she takes home to George. Once Upon A Wardrobe is another tenderly imagined and enchanting story that pulls back the curtain on the early life of C. S. Lewis.
She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.
Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.
In her nostalgic new Christmas novel, Dear Santa, a special holiday wish list brings about hope, love, and second chances. Lindy Carmichael isn’t feeling particularly joyful when she returns home to Wenatchee, Washington, for Christmas. The man she thought was “the one” has cheated on her with her best friend, and she feels completely devoid of creativity in her graphic design job. Not even carolers or Christmas cookies can cheer her up–but Lindy’s mother, Ellen, remembers an old tradition that might lift her daughter’s spirits.
Reading through a box of childhood letters to Santa and reminiscing about what she’d wished for as a young girl may be just the inspiration Lindy needs. With Ellen’s encouragement, she decides to write a new letter–not to Santa, but to herself. Little does Lindy know that this exercise in gratitude will cause her wishes to unfold before her in miraculous ways. And, thanks to some fateful twists of Christmas magic–especially an unexpected connection with a handsome former classmate–Lindy ultimately realizes that there is truly no place like home for the holidays.
We are thrilled to announce that Adventures by the Book has been invited to host a literary series on Fireside which will include book discussions, author talks, book clubs, special presentations, and much more. During the course of WWII, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted a series of “fireside chats” on the radio, as a way to regularly communicate self-assurance and calm during times of despair and uncertainty in our country. While once a thing of the past, thanks to the brilliant collaboration of billionaire entrepreneur and Shark Tank TV star, Mark Cuban, and Falon Fatemi, former CEO and Founder of Node.ai, Fireside Chats are back, bigger and better than ever, and in a technological format that allows YOU to actively participate!
Fireside Chat is the exclusive, invite-only new podcast platform for the next generation – a socially responsible space for us to come together in real-time to collaborate and create meaningful conversations. Together, we will engage in discussion, debate, and discourse in a public forum and make it a thing of celebration and beauty. We are ready to share our microphone with you and hope you’ll join us as we collaborate in the world’s most dynamic auditorium.